Doug Morris Prepares To Get Stepped On By Hollywood Tourists

Jun 20th, 2008 // 4 Comments

dontworrydougifyourpicturesontheinternetitdoesntstealyoursoul.jpgBeing immortalized on the Hollywood Walk of Fame has to be one of the strangest honors in the entertainment industry. A shadowy committee meets once a year to select honorees, who apparently have to promise that they’ll show up to the ceremony with something to promote and cough up $25,000 for the “privilege.” In other words, It’s like a Grammy, but they give out fewer of them. However, this year, the committee clearly got it right, as Universal Music Group head honcho Doug Morris will be recieving a star, joining a roster of luminaries that includes Paula Abdul, Judge Judy, and Stepin Fetchit. Congrats, Dougie!

You might assume that Doug is be given the star for his stalwart pose against technology, or as some might call it “progress”. However, Doug had an legacy already built for himself before taking UMG to the top. He wrote the Chiffons’ hit “Sweet Talkin’ Guy”:

You can even still listen to the track on YouTube, albeit as the soundtrack to a tribute to JFK.

His label, Big Tree Records, brought us such artistically groundbreaking acts as England Dan & John Ford Coley, Brownsville Station, and Lobo.

Sadly, the Lobo he popularized was not the comical television sheriff, but a sensitive singer/songwriter.

Morris isn’t the only legend with ties to music the committee chose to honor this year. Look at the stature of these honorees, and you’ll understand why they’ll have stars next to Keanu Reeves, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, and the televison show Rugrats.

John Stamos!

Dave Koz!

Robert Downey, Jr.!

The Village People!

The Miracles, Babyface, Shakira, and Rush will receive stars, too. Of course, let’s not let that take away from Doug’s moment in the sun. Enjoy it, before your customers take away the last bit of enjoyment you find in your job.

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  1. KikoJones

    …and maybe one day, in the same sarcastic tone, you’ll write:

    His label, XL Recordings, brought us such artistically groundbreaking acts as Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Vampire Weekend, and Tapes n Tapes.”

    One can only hope…

    Btw, it’s not much in the way of praise to say that Robert Downey Jr‘s The Futurist is the best album made by a full-time actor in at least a decade, but it is, and it’s good, regardless of what Downey’s day job is.

  2. Dan Gibson

    @KikoJones: Thanks for sending me into a spiral of depression.

  3. Captain Wrong

    @KikoJones: actually, I’d say it like that already. I hated those bands way before it was cool! Whoo hoo!@ Me for the win!!!!

    Also, “Me and you and a dog named Boo” FTW.

  4. alec_baldwin

    Rock on, Doug. You kick ass on the regular even though your business model is the Shmoo.

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